I'm the 3-11 LPN on a highly acute skilled wing of the LTC that I work for. Yesterday I went to work and was told that I was to be a preceptor for a new graduate LPN who hasn't taken her boards. I know that we all had to start somewhere and being chosen to be a preceptor is not necessarily my issue. What bothers me is the fact that I was not asked or even told in advance that I was to be a preceptor. My unit is very demanding and it takes every minute of my 8 hours there to get my work done and to keep my resident well taken care of. So I guess what I'm asking, how can I be a good preceptor to this GN while still getting my own work done? What makes a good preceptor? I've never done this before and honestly I'm a little bit worried about my reputation at work. I don't want to be one of those nurses who "eat their young", but the high acuity of my unit makes it very difficult. Maybe I'm wrong in thinking that my facility should have given me a little bit of a heads up, so that I maybe could have formed a game plan. Any advice on how to be/give a good preceptorship, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.